How To Keep Your Child Motivated With Their Afterschool Activities
Fall is here, we are even creeping into winter. Routines are established, consistency is somewhat in place, but how do you prevent your child’s passions from turning into a battle?
My kids do sports, have music classes and therapy. Fitting everything in is complicated with so many kids, but keeping the kids moving is the hard part. Let me share my tips for making sure your child continues to love the activities you have chosen together.
Consistency is Key
Attending regularly is essential for most programs, but it also helps to make sure your child stays motivated. When children attend consistently, they become more skilled and are able to excel in the program they are participating in. This will keep them motivated. It is difficult to enjoy an activity if you always feel you are unprepared.
Practice In Between Classes
Whether it is soccer, music class or art, taking the time to practice your activity at home will help your children improve their skills and become more motivated to show their leaders what they have learned this week.
You know Tuesday is Tae Kwon Do, so take some time to ensure dinner is ready when it needs to be, their uniforms are clean and easy to access and all their equipment is ready to go. If you know me, you know that I strongly encourage independence in my children. With this in mind, I also have to acknowledge that after a full day of school, sometimes by being a bit more helpful than normal, I can make afterschool activities more positive.
Involve Your Children in Choice
If you know that you want your children to play an instrument and play a sport, involving them in the process of choosing which will definitely help with their ‘buy in’. This will also help with motivation. Also keep you mind open to their desire to make changes. Obviously changing their minds weekly will not work, but if your child is struggling with one sport and wants to try another one in January, give it some consideration.
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